Terrorism
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U.S. blocks ISIS bride from returning

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/21/19, 11:37 am

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he ordered the State Department to bar an Alabama woman who joined Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria from returning to the United States. Hoda Muthana, 24, told The Guardian last week at a refugee camp in northern Syria that she was brainwashed online and regrets joining the group. Muthana left for Syria in 2014, married several ISIS fighters, and now has an 18-month-old son.

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Civilians evacuate last ISIS stronghold in Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/20/19, 11:24 am

A convoy of trucks carrying hundreds of civilians left the last Islamic State (ISIS)–controlled enclave in Syria on Wednesday, as U.S.-backed forces continued an offensive operation in the region. Witnesses said at least 17 trucks carrying men, women, and children left the eastern town of Baghuz in Deir al-Zour province, the militants’ last patch of territory along the Euphrates River about a mile from the Iraqi border. Officials believe about 300 ISIS militants remain in the town.

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ISIS attacks Catholic Church in the Philippines

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/28/19, 11:10 am

At least 20 people died on Sunday in twin suicide bombings at a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines. Two bombs exploded within minutes of each other during Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Jolo Island. The first bomb detonated inside the building and the second exploded at the entrance as churchgoers rushed outside and soldiers and police rushed in. The blasts scattered wooden pews, shattered windows, and hurled human remains and debris across the town square in front of the church. More than 100 people sustained injuries.

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